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    Mitral Valve Regurgitation - Symptoms

    Symptoms of chronic mitral valve regurgitation (MR) may take decades to appear. With acute MR, symptoms come on suddenly, and you are critically ill.

    Call your doctor right away if you have new or different symptoms. These include:

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    Chronic mitral valve regurgitation

    Primary MR. If you have mild-to-moderate primary MR, you may not have symptoms. If you have severe disease, you may have symptoms when you are active. Symptoms include:

    • Fatigue and weakness.
    • Shortness of breath.

    Secondary MR. If you have secondary MR, you likely have symptoms of the heart problem that has led to the regurgitation. You may have symptoms of heart failure or coronary artery disease.

    Acute mitral valve regurgitation

    Acute mitral valve regurgitation is an emergency. Symptoms of acute mitral valve regurgitation appear suddenly. Most people who develop acute MR are already in the hospital or emergency room because of another heart problem. Symptoms include severe shortness of breath, fast heart rate, lightheadedness, weakness, confusion, and chest pain.

    WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise

    Last Updated: August 08, 2014
    This information is not intended to replace the advice of a doctor. Healthwise disclaims any liability for the decisions you make based on this information.
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